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Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). If you have it, your body does not get the oxygen it needs to function. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause. Quitting smoking can keep it from getting worse.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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